Richard Rother: Here to Help

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Richard Rother: Here to Help

Senior Richard Rother playing his bass drum.

Senior Richard Rother playing his bass drum.

Photo by Kate McLeod

Senior Richard Rother playing his bass drum.

Photo by Kate McLeod

Photo by Kate McLeod

Senior Richard Rother playing his bass drum.

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Senior Richard Rother substituted in for junior bass drum player Kate McLeod at the UIL Marching Contest, due to McLeod injuring her back. Rother had 5 days to learn several new marching fundamentals and music, and his hard work helped the band receive a superior rating.

“I felt bad for Kate when she got injured, so I volunteered to step in her place and march with the bass drum,” Rother said. “Learning the songs and marching fundamentals was fun and hard at the same time, and I was proud of myself for doing well at contest.”

Eight days prior to the contest, McLeod tore several muscles in her upper and lower back while marching with the bass drum at the Whitehouse v. Jacksonville football game. The injury prevented her from marching with the bass drum at the contest, so Rother volunteered to take her place and learn the bass drum music and marching fundamentals.

“I was really nervous because I got injured so soon before contest and worried about who would march with my drum, but I’m glad that Richard volunteered,” McLeod said. “He stepped up and really helped the band out at contest.”

Junior C.J. Perry marched with the bass drum alongside McLeod before she injured her back. Perry and McLeod are bass drum players on the varsity drumline, while Rother is a bass drum player on the junior varsity drumline, which means that he does not play the bass drum at Friday night football games. This made the transition to marching with the bass drum even more difficult for Rother.

“[Rother] learned the music quickly and caught on to marching with a bass quite well,” Perry said. “He has my respect as a good bass marcher.”

Rother only had 5 days prior to the contest to learn several new songs and marching fundamentals and executed the marching drill at contest with zero errors. After the contest, Rother marched with the bass drum for a few more weeks until McLeod’s injury healed.

“I had always wanted to march with the bass drum at contest and it was awesome to get to do that my senior year,” Rother said. “It was a fun experience and I’m honored to get to fill in Kate’s shoes. It’s been real.”

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